Susie's Scrapblog

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suescraftstuff:- I try to put all sorts of things into order in a scrapbook. mainly family. I Started scrapbooking in 2009 and now am totally addicted. Just recently I started making a few cards, mainly for friends and family, I really enjoy doing this, but there is such a lot more to learn. currently I am learning to use promarkers, they're fantastic!!... I have a cricut cutting machine, but like to embellish with different mediums rather than just the cricut cutouts. I love lace and flowers, also distressing and embossing. This is just one of my many hobbies I've had over the years, a big part of it was woodcraft and painting.The woodcraft bit I got from my dad, him and my mum are my all time favourite people, my dad was so kind and clever, dad, I miss you, because of him I still dabble in the woodwork a bit too. But I am loving putting all my photo's into a scrapbook, and lately making cards, to keep and remember everone in a much more interesting way than a normal photo album .hopefully it will be passed on in later years.



Friday, 17 August 2012


This is My cousin Linda, her husband and her two sons.  She's the daughter of my Dad's Brother Teddy. We were kids together, grew up in London and Essex, spent quite a few nights at parties with our family, especially at Christmas. When we were both working in London, during the 60's we used to chat all the time on the phone and always laughed until we cried !! We had the same sense of humour. She was like the sister I never had.
After life's journey we seemed to lose touch, I had several relationship upheavals, moved several times and consequently lost each other's whereabouts.
Linda said she often thought about my brother and I and so she tracked my brother down in Australia of all places, he contacted me after getting her email address and I got in touch, and now we're back on track and in touch which is wonderful.
There's nothing like your real family roots.
Watch this space for more pages of the Weston clan!
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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Look how we've grown

This layout was done with a small pad of 6x6 black and white/grey printed paper, the lace was from my own stash, all the lettering, stars and small black flourish were cut out with SCAL and the cricut. 
Here is my son and his family, his wife Heidi, their two boys Harvey ad Zachary. the boys seem to have shot up, Harvey is almost 4 and Zachary 2. 

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Wotnot box

I made this today to put my crochet bits and bobs in, originally it was just a cheap plastic basket, I padded and lined it with the tiny print, then added a skirt with pockets for the needles etc. added a little bit of lace and voila, a nice cheap pretty sewing caddy.

Sunday, 20 May 2012


The cartoon says it all, "Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons"  This is Eloise, April 2012. She is doing what she loves to do most when she visits her Nanny 'glitter' painting and sticking. She spent a good hour or more in my craft room painting with poster paints, ended up using her hands and having a whale of a time, she needed a good bath afterwards though ! lol .  This Layout was done with printed paper from several different packs of odd pages I had left, I found an amazing shop in Kettering that sells the prettiest of lace, I used three different kinds here, plus the flower on the tag was a section of a different kind. brads, ribbon and flowers finished it off.

Monday, 30 April 2012

Male Birthday card

A card I made for my son's birthday, He loves his coffee machine,  we bought him a coffee pod holder as a gift, so I thought I'd try and make a coffee themed card.
I downloaded a burlap background, printed it on white card, over-printed it with coffee slogans, cut out a clip-art image of a coffee cup, used my cuttlebug to cut out the 'happy birthday' tag with the shapeabilities die. inked in the wording and over wrote it with a glitter gel pen.
The embellishment was a strip of 'burlap' pp, with black ribbon and rik-rak.

Monday, 23 April 2012

My attempt at crochet roses

This is my attempt at making crochet roses for my scrapbook projects, I used 4ply yarn for the first one and cotton twill thread for the second.

Here is the pattern I used, with all credit from the blog mentioned below (pompomemporium)

Leaving a 10" length for sewing,            chain 57.

Row 1 (Wrong side): (Dc, ch 2, dc) in sixth ch from hook (5 skipped chs count as first dc plus ch 2),*ch 2, skip next 2 chs, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch; repeat from *   across: 36 sps.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn; 5 dc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-2 sp, (6 dc in next
ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-2 sp) 5 times, (9 dc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-2
sp) 5 times, (12 dc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next sp)  7 times;  finish off leaving a 10" length for sewing.

Thread yarn needle with yarn end from beginning chain. With right side
facing and beginning with first petal made, refer to photo to roll Rose;
sew to secure as you roll.

Then thread needle with ending yarn and sew to secure.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

crochet roses

Love this blog, many thanks to  for the pattern, so easy to understand, and such a pretty outcome, far the easiest pattern to understand , especially for a beginner like me!
I am making these in a variety of yarns, string and threads for my scrapbooking and cards. watch this space! :)

Friday, 20 April 2012

I Miss you Dad

I miss my Dad, I miss the laughter, the stories he told us about his childhood, I miss the sarcasm, the wit and the wicked sense of humour, I miss the fun we had making things in his shed, the smell of the newly sawn wood, the glue pot on the stove, the smell of polish.  I miss the cups of 'splosh' the cockney slang, the music.  I miss you Dad XX

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Vintage 'Me'

I took some old photo's of myself and printed them out, but my printer had almost run out of colour ink, the result was a little soft and a bit faded, this gave me the idea of doing a vintage style page with these pics.  I used all oddments from my stash for this, borders cut with Martha Stewart's edge punches and oddments of 'Papermania' lace.  The flowers were cut from oddments and punched out with Papermania's embossed flower punch. the small white paper flowers are from Thailand.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Eloise at Easter

A Layout done with vintage pp's, hearts cut with my cricut, flowers from a collection from 'papermania' lace cut with Martha Stewar's deep edge punch.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Easter Weekend

As this weekend, true to English weather patterns, we have had cold and rain, So instead of going out and doing the usual weekend/holiday stuff I stayed in, watched a few movies and then, as usual, my craft room beckoned and so after a bit of a clear out and tidy up, I decided to give my storage pots a 'shabby chic' makeover.  
I used some vintage pp and 'laced' the edges with Martha Stewart's doily lace edge punch, added some home-made paper flowers, some lace and ribbon/twine trim. I got this idea from Pinterest ! some fabulous talented people pin the most extraordinary things and I am always inspired by their talents.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Monday, 12 March 2012

Easter Card

Easter Card, a fun card made for the grandchildren, with pp's and cotton wool, googly eyes all from my own stash

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Vintage style page

This is a vintage style Layout of my mum when she was about my age. this is a passport photo of her when she and my dad went off to visit my brother in Australia in the early 80's.
I used Vintage pp's and all the rest was from my stash, I'm trying to use up all of my odd pieces, I have so much and so many tiny bits.

Friday, 9 March 2012

March 2012

Two Layouts, both using my new Vintage paperstack. All the embellishments are my own stash.The top Layout is of our local park the morning after it snowed. Enchanting!
The bottom Layout is Just me! (and some of the things that make up me!)

Growing up


Two Layouts of my grandchildren. the top one is Eloise growing up so fast,the pp is a new batch I purchased from the Range, The Antique collection. all embellishments were from my own stash.
The bottom one is of my two grandsons, Harvey and Zachary. this was also done on the antique collection pp, with stars cut from The cricut - george.   I can't believe they're all getting so grown up now, 3yrs 2m, 2yrs 2m, ad 1 yr 3m, soon I'll be scrapping their teenage years :(
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Monday, 5 March 2012

Gift Bags

Thanks to Pinterest for these tutorials for giftbags. I used 12 x 12 double sided pp. cost to me - nothing, cost overall.... pennies. and so personal and Love the little 'house' style one, have all sorts of ideas for that one for babies birthdays etc.
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Saturday, 3 March 2012

Easter Baskets

Three Easter Baskets, all ready to fill for the grandchildren. I made these from ordinary double-sided scrapbook printed paper, 9" x 9" divided into 3" squares, rounded off 8 corners and fixed the sides with a brad and flower, 1" handle, and hey presto! a basket. made for next to nothing, I'm going to fill with shredded tissue paper and easter goodies.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

A Linen fabric covered frame. paper flowers just highlight the stone polka dots on this fabric.  Made with tips and tutorial from Heather Luke's book on Cartonnage.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Cartonnage frames

Two more kiddy frames, a floral padded frame and a double-pic book style frame, Loving this new hobby of mine, Not given up on any of the others just added to them!!   I need more hours in my days

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Cartonnage projects

made with ideas and templates from the 'Catonnage kit' by Heather Luke.

Monday, 13 February 2012


This is my granddaughter Eloise, at her Nanny Towell's house with their little Jack Russell Pippa. It just shows you what good natured little dogs these are. Little Eloise had a nasty cold, bless her.

This Layout was done with MS deep edge punches on 'Me to you' pp Spring Chic. 12 x 12 double sided. the flower border and floral ribbon were purchased from a street market in Market Harborough, and the flowers came from Thailand. the font is 'kids' printed from the PC. buttons and gems from Hobbycraft.
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Friday, 10 February 2012


My latest craft endeavor, Cartonnage, the Book that inspired me is 'The Cartonnage Kit' by Heather Luke.  This is the Jewellery Tray.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

LIttle Miss Sunshine

Eloise, my dear little 2yr old granddaughter, I did this layout using tea and coffee dyed lace, metal letters distressed wording printed from the PC , flowers are from Thailand.
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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Christmas 2011

My little granddaughter opening her presents when she came up to us on Boxing day, she opened her boots which I bought her, the look of disappointment on her face says it all, she had her little phone in her hand, it looked like she was texting, "would you believe these adults? Boots indeed!) the bottom photo was her after she'd opened her little keyboard, smiles with that!! lol
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Monday, 16 January 2012

The Cake

I thought I'd try to make cake for my granddaughter's 2nd birthday. She absolutely loves Waybuloo on TV, so I thought I'd have a go. It was the first time in my lfe I'd ever used roll-on icing and made models. It was a bit hit and miss, but the cake was nice to eat anyway. She recognised the little characters so it couldn't have been that bad!
For this Layout I used inspiration from Becky Fleck's Page Maps book. used Martha Stewart's Edge punch, some papermania flowers and some ribbon from my stash.
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